• If you are going to put multiple synth modules in the same case, or at least the same row of the same case, then they all will need to be the same physical height.
  • Widths can vary, but it can be beneficial to have all module widths be multiples of some fundamental width.
  • If the modules are to connect to the same power supply, then obviously they need to be designed to use the same supply voltages, and to use compatible supply voltage connectors.
  • If the modules are to be connected to one another via patch cords, they need to be designed to use the same type of patching connectors.
  • If the modules are to send signals to one another, they need to be designed to use compatible voltage levels and time widths for their signals.

A modular synthesizer format typically specifies a standard height, set of widths, power supply voltages, power supply connector, patch cable jack type, and signal levels and widths.

To some extent you can mix and match different module formats, but this typically involves various adapters and converters to bridge the format differences.


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